John van 't Schip, former Ajax Amsterdam player and ex-Greece coach, was named on Monday interim coach of the club, in crisis and last in the Dutch championship.
He will stay until June 30, 2024, the end of the season, before occupying another position within the Dutch club, specifies Ajax in a press release. John van 't Schip played for more than 10 years in the 1980s for the four-time European champions.
His coaching career then led him to lead the Greek national team between 2019 and 2021.
And the 59-year-old former winger will have his work cut out to turn around a historic club that has been in disarray since the start of the season.
On Sunday, Ajax fell to last place in the championship, heavily beaten 5-2 at PSV Eindhoven.
In addition, the club is also fourth and last in its group in the Europa League, three lengths behind leader Marseille.
Ajax parted ways with their former coach, Maurice Steijn, a week ago.
“I'm really looking forward to starting at the club where it all started for me,” said John van 't Schip, adding that Ajax “need to get back on a positive sporting trajectory”, while the club only has five points in eight league games.
“As far as we are concerned, he is the ideal person to give a positive spin to our performances,” said Jan van Halst, general manager.